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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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T. P. FORTUNE, Fulton County, was born November 5, 1848, in Brownsville, Haywood Co., Tenn., and is the seventh child of a family of ten children born to John B. and Salina V. (Hargrove) Fortune, both natives of Virginia. The members of the family living, besides subject, are as follows: William S.; Mary E., wife of Doctor R. B. Nall; Belle E., and Lenora, wife of James E. Fuqua, of Hickman. John B. Fortune followed the vocation of hotel keeper in Brownsville, Tenn., and died in Mississippi, June 17, 1862, aged sixty-three years; the mother died in 1872 (October) at the age of sixty years. Our subject spent his youth and early manhood under the parental roof, attending the schools of his native town, and commenced life for himself as clerk, which business he followed for several years in Brownsville and Durhamville. In 1873 he came to Hickman and engaged as clerk in a dry goods and grocery house, and three years later went to Grand Chain, Ill., to take charge of a branch drug store started by Dr. H. C. Catlett. With him he effected a partnership. He remained in Illinois about fourteen months, and at the end of that time he disposed of his store and returned to Hickman. He then bought out the drug house of N. B. Cannon & Co., and by diligent attention to business, has succeeded in building up a very flourishing trade, and has one of the most tastefully arranged stores in the city—his stock aggregating, about $4,000. He was married December 2, 1875, to May V., daughter of Judge Samuel and Volumnia (Lawson) Landrum. To this marriage have been born three children, whose names are as follows, Samuel Preston, Benjamin Leslie and William Harrold. Mr. Fortune was elected city treasurer in 1879, and re-elected each succeeding year, and is considered one of the most efficient officers ever called to that position. He is a member of the K. of H., and Royal Templars of Temperance, and he and family are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, he holding the offices of steward and trustee in the Hickman congregation. In politics Mr. Fortune is an independent Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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